Buddhist Studies

Buddhist studies, also known as Buddhology, is the academic study of Buddhism. The term Buddhology was coined in the early 20th-century by Estlin Carpenter – a Unitarian minister, to mean the "study of Buddhahood, the nature of the Buddha, and doctrines of a Buddha", but the terms Buddhology and Buddhist studies are generally synonymous in the contemporary context. According to William M. Johnston, in some specific contexts, Buddhology may be viewed as a subset of Buddhist studies, with a focus on Buddhist hermeneutics, exegesis, ontology and Buddha's attributes. Scholars of Buddhist studies focus on the history, culture, archaeology, arts, philology, anthropology, sociology, theology, philosophy, practices, interreligious comparative studies and other subjects related to Buddhism.

In contrast to the study of Judaism or Christianity, the field of Buddhist studies has been dominated by "outsiders" to Buddhist cultures and traditions. However, Japanese universities have also made major contributions, as have Asian immigrants to Western countries, and Western converts to Buddhism.

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Institute of Buddhist Studies

Four or more years; Private not for profit

Won Institute of Graduate Studies

Four or more years; Private not for profit

Scholarships for Buddhist Studies Majors

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Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

$34,000 Varies See Details
 

Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

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$34,000

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McAllaster Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

$20,500 Varies See Details
 

McAllaster Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

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$20,500

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Lotus Scholarship

University of the West

Up to $7,000 April 01, 2024 See Details
 

Lotus Scholarship

University of the West

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Up to $7,000

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April 01, 2024
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IBEF Scholarship

University of the West

Up to $4,500 May 01, 2024 See Details
 

IBEF Scholarship

University of the West

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Up to $4,500

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May 01, 2024
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Hazel Gates Woodruff Memorial Pi Beta Phi Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

$3,000 March 15, 2024 See Details
 

Hazel Gates Woodruff Memorial Pi Beta Phi Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

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$3,000

deadline

March 15, 2024
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Church-Related Vocation Scholarship - SBU

Southern Baptist University

$2,000 March 01, 2024 See Details
 

Church-Related Vocation Scholarship - SBU

Southern Baptist University

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$2,000

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March 01, 2024
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Wayne J. and Wanda M. Lillich Scholarship

Lincoln Community Foundation

$2,000 March 15, 2024 See Details
 

Wayne J. and Wanda M. Lillich Scholarship

Lincoln Community Foundation

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$2,000

deadline

March 15, 2024
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Vincent and Lorraine Feik Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

$2,000 March 15, 2024 See Details
 

Vincent and Lorraine Feik Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

award

$2,000

deadline

March 15, 2024
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Shultz-Spangler Memorial Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

$2,000 March 15, 2024 See Details
 

Shultz-Spangler Memorial Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

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$2,000

deadline

March 15, 2024
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Lorraine Nelson Herrick Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

Up to $3,000 March 15, 2024 See Details
 

Lorraine Nelson Herrick Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

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Up to $3,000

deadline

March 15, 2024
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